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May 1, 2014: Inmate Charged With 1997 Murder at LA County Jail

Greg Risling, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 42-year-old man serving time for murder and robbery has been charged with the slaying of an inmate at the Los Angeles County Jail in 1997, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jaime Vidales was charged in case BA423892 with one count of murder. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. He’s scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Prosecutors said Vidales was in county jail awaiting trial on murder and robbery charges when he allegedly strangled Miguel Sanchez in July 1997. Sanchez, who was in jail on a pending sexual assault case, was found by a sheriff’s deputy lying on a bunk bed in a dorm room occupied by inmates.

Prosecutors said Vidales was helped by another inmate to attack Sanchez but that man subsequently was killed in Los Angeles County Jail.

Vidales is currently serving a life sentence for the aforementioned murder and robbery. Bail is recommended at $2 million.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau